September 22, 2023

Universal PreK

Preschool Enrollment 2023-2024 - for Hartford residents:

If your child is new to the Hartford School District, please complete this form for returning students.

If your child has not yet been enrolled in a district preschool program, please read and complete the following documents:

If you have any questions, please reach out to Chelsea Gray ( or Kim McCarthy ( ) or call the Hartford Early Childhood Program at 802-295-8609.


Hartford School District is in compliance with Act 166, which "provides for universal access to publicly funded prekindergarten education. All public and private prekindergarten (PreK) education programs, including Head Start and public school operated programs, must meet specific requirements to operate a PreK program in Vermont. The Hartford School District contracts with several community-based private prekindergarten(PreK) education programs that have been prequalified by the Agency of Education. For a list of sites or to learn more about Act 166, please contact Kim McCarthy, Act 166 Coordinator:

Learn more on the State of Vermont Agency of Education website.

The district offers a half-day pre-kindergarten program at each elementary school. Morning and afternoon sessions are available.

      • For more information about pre-kindergarten at Dothan Brook School, please contact the main office at 802-295-8647, read the handbook, or visit their Facebook page.
      • For more information about pre-kindergarten at Ottauquechee School, please contact the main office at 802-295-8654.
      • For more information about pre-kindergarten at White River School, please contact the main office at 802-295-8650, or visit our blog:

If you have concerns about your preschooler and would like a screening and/or consultation for developmental services, speech/language therapy, or occupational and physical therapy, please get in touch with Chelsea Gray, Program Coordinator for the Early Childhood Education Program.